01/12/13

Photo Gallery: Shuggie Otis at Highline Ballroom, NYC, 1-10-13

The reclusive guitarist and singer/composer is touring again

Shuggie Otis, the guitarist, singer and songwriter whose composition "Strawberry Letter 23" and 1974 album Inspiration Information have been cult classics for years, has recently begun performing live again after a layoff of more than a decade. The son of the legendary R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie will be heading out on the road in April to promote the reissue that month by Epic/Legacy of Inspiration Information, which is being paired with a number of previously unreleased tracks from 1976-2000 (the bonus disc is titled Wings of Love) in a two-disc package.

At New York's Highline Ballroom on Jan. 10, Otis and band gave New York a taste of what's to come in the spring. His set included a selection of tunes from his '70s heyday. Photographer Greg Aiello and JT Associate Editor Jeff Tamarkin were there with their cameras.

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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
By Greg Aiello
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Shuggie Otis and band, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
By Greg Aiello
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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
By Jeff Tamarkin
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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
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Shuggie Otis, Highline Ballroom, NYC 1-10-13
By Jeff Tamarkin

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